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November 21st, 2021

Adamstown Parish Newsletter

Sat 20th & Sun 21st November 2021    

Volume 22.  Number 44



The Shamrock Vintage Club will hold their Annual Ploughing Match in New Ross on Sunday 5th December starting at 11.00am. (Covid-19 permitted)

All the usual Classes.


Adamstown Tidy Towns were delighted to gain an extra 9 points in this year’s Tidy Town Awards. This was our second time to enter the competition. Copies of the results are available in the Church porch. We would like to thank Wexford County Council for the planting grant which enabled us to purchase Cherry trees and also the “Tree’s for Wexford” scheme from which maple and fruit trees have been ordered. 

Coláiste Abbán’s Transition year students were busy planting daffodils in the village this week supervised by their teacher Ms. Breen.  Since 2018 the transition year students have been a huge help planting bulbs, raising money for cancer research, helping out in the Annual Spring Clean, painting a mural on Cullen’s Gala and making bird boxes. Well done to all involved. 

A table has been booked for the Community Centre Christmas Fair, which takes place in the Community Centre on Saturday 11th December. Our Christmas wreaths and Cards will be available and we will be displaying our Time Capsule and Plaque at the event, hopefully we will see you all there.


With Christmas quickly approaching we would advise people sending packets and parcels abroad to do so as soon as possible in order to reach their destination before Christmas. An Posts arrangements with Bank of Ireland enables our personal and business current account and demand deposit account customers to carry our their every day banking in their local Post Office.  Christmas stamps are also available. We would like to wish all our customers a Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year.


Congratulations to Coláiste Abbáin senior hurlers on a great win against Ramsgrange Community College. The final score was 5-18 to 2-3. This puts our hurlers through to the quarter final. Tom Coleman got ‘Man of the Match’ award

Well done to all the team & mentors Mr. O’Connor and Mr. Larkin. Continued success.


Congratulations to St. Abban’s Boxing Club as they celebrate their first Leinster Champion of this year. Well done to Nicholas Richardson a member of the club and hopefully it will be the first of many.


Wednesday December 1st 2021

All items of clothing, footwear, curtains etc., most welcome and can be left in Adamstown Church car park at any stage that day up to the end of collection at 4.00pm.

All enquiries to: Michael Hopkins at 087 9073074.

Friends of Calcutta was founded in 1994 by a group of returned volunteers. Friends of Calcutta is a totally voluntary Irish Registered Charity who take pride that 100% of ALL donations received go directly to fund our work in Calcutta.

We are privileged to fund the education of approximately 800 students in our 3 schools in the bustees (slums) of Calcutta as well as a large school in the Sunderbans which is located 100km from the city. Together with our team of 34 Indian staff we endeavour on an ongoing basis to meet the needs and expectations of both our students and indeed their parents whose dream is that they get the opportunity to realise their maximum potential.

Your support would be greatly appreciated.


Mary’s Meals Online Quiz takes place the last Friday of each month, this coming Friday 26th November., or contact 087 2596159 to donate.


Congratulations and very well done to the U-16 Ladies Football team in defeating Clonee on a score line of 1-10 to 1-6, finally ending the 2020 delayed final to become County Champions. In a tightly contested match they had to fight to the very end to achieve their win, with very little to separate the sides in the second half. The team was as follows:

Katie Sweetman, Caoimhe Curtis, Rebecca Ogilvie, Aoife McCabe, Ella English, Isobel English, Katie English (capt)

Ellie Kehoe, Eilis Roche (0-1); Erin McDonald (0-1); Ellen Duggan (0-2); Niamh English (0-1); Sínead Roche (1-1); Niamh Bates (0-4); Ellen Gill. Subs: Róisin Gill, Clodagh Crean, Caragh McDonald, Ciara Mooney, Molly Cloney, Leah Furlong, Lizzie Dempsey.


World improvement is everybody’s business. Our very presence in the world means we should be a responsible part of it; and that part, good or bad, must of necessity make the world a little better or a little worse.

So – just as you can improve the whole by improving the parts – world improvement must begin with me; and as I succeed in bettering self, I restore the world; for each evil conquered by me is that much of it gone from the world.

A few broken habits will make the world more habitable.

I am to bless the world through what I am.

(William Makepeace Thackeray  1811-1863)



Sat 20th  – Deceased members of St. Abban’s 

Adamstown GAA, Ladies Gaelic Football & Camogie Clubs.

Sun 21st  – Patrick Cullen, Adamstown. (A)

Also  – Mary Theresa Delaney, Brocurra (A)

Sat 27th – Tom Furlong, Junior, Castlelodge (Month’s Mind)

Sun 28th – David & Betty Forrestal, Oldcourt (A)

May they rest in peace.

Mass for the repose of the souls of the following who have died since last November will take place on

Sunday 28th Nov at 10.30am in St. Abban’s Church

David & Betty Forrestal, Oldcourt

Jim Connors, Mooncoin & The Hill

Canon Noel Hartley, Wexford

Paudge Curtis, Carlow & The Boola

Lucille  Duggan, Tomgarrow

Geraldine Ridgeway, Misterin

Noel Whitty, Clonroche

Mary Furlong, Tomgarrow

Tom O’Neill, Carrigbyrne

Harry Curtis, The Boola

Baby Jamie Cowman Molloy

Mary Ring, Rocklane

John McDonald, Templeshelin

Elizabeth (Betty) McGrath, Adamstown

John Dunne, Ballybrennan

Ben Cleary, Woodview Drive

Patrick Fortune, Doononey

Tony Booth, Meath & Adamstown

Tom Furlong, Junior, Castlelodge

Bridget Naughnane, Killurin

May they rest in peace..

Feast Days this week:

Sun 21st – Christ the King

Tue 23rd – St. Columban – Born in Leinster around 540 he 

is noted for founding a number of monasteries in France, Austria including his greatest foundation at Bobbio, near Genoa, where he died in 615. He is remembered as one of the greatest of the Irish missionary monks. 

He is patron saint of motorcyclists.


The following November Masses will take place as follows:

Monday Nov 22nd – Tomgarrow, Misterin, Rathkyle, Adamstown, Coolnagree.

Tuesday Nov 23rd – Oldcourt, Brocurra, Doononey, Woodview Drive.

Wednesday Nov 24th – Newtown, The Leap, Knockreigh, Coonogue.

Thursday Nov 25th – Kellystown, Chapel, Raheenduff, The Barracks.

Friday Nov 26th – Glenour, Ballyvergin, Rathsilla, Fairfields.

Each evening we will gather in St. Abban’s Church at 7.30pm.

All present will receive a candle, which will be left lighting before the Blessed Sacrament after Mass.


Sat 20th – T. J. McDonald.   Sun 21st – Sheelagh Delaney

Sat 27th – Family Mass.  Sun 28th – Kathleen O’Connor

Sat 4th Dec – Annette English. Sun 5th Dec – Betty O’Shea.


Nearly 20% of Irish women changed their minds about getting an abortion in 2020, according to HSE figures obtained by Laois-Offaly TD Carol Nolan.

There were 6,455 abortions in Ireland in the first trimester of pregnancy in 2020, but 8,057 women had an initial consultation with a doctor about receiving an abortion.

This has been understood as meaning that just over 1,600 women changed their minds following their consultation and decided not to receive an abortion. Ms. Nolan said that the call to remove the three-day waiting period “totally ignores the growing data on the numbers of women who are utilising the reflection period to make positive life affirming choices”. She said that it is her view that those who seek to have the waiting period removed are “demanding something that is practically the definition of pro-abortion”, rather than “pro-choice”. Deputy Nolan also struck out at the Labour Party, whose conference took place over the weekend, and which saw demands for the repeal of the three-day wait period, as well as the repeal of the 12-week limit and conscientious objection for medical practitioners. “For the Labour Party to insist that we get rid of the life-saving waiting period, along with conscientious objection and the current 12-week limit, only highlights to me the escalating descent of that party into outright abortion fanaticism,” Ms. Nolan added. “That is a broken and cruel vision”


But when ye come, and all the flowers are dying,

if I am dead, as dead I well may be,

ye’ll come and find the place where I am lying,

and kneel and say an Ave there for me;

and I shall hear, though soft you tread above me,

and all my grave will warmer, sweeter be,

for you will bend and tell me that you love me,

and I shall sleep in peace until you come to me”

(Fr. Vincent Sherlock – Irish Catholic)


25th November 1963

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was laid to rest with full military honours at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, having been assassinated three days earlier in Dallas Texas.

A THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK – (Lyndon B Johnson)

Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or to lose.

A SMILE – (Ireland’s Own)

She’d just become engaged and was telling her father. “I’m very happy,” she said.  “The only thing that troubles me is the thought of leaving mother when I get married”

“Oh, don’t worry about that” was the quick reply. “Take her with you”

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